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Design Engineer

Organization: Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative
Date Posted: 3/7/2018
Date Needed: 4/1/2018
City: Jordan
Location: Minnesota
Country: United States
Primary Category: Electrical Distribution Design Engineer
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Associate's
Experience Requirement: 3-5 years

Description & Details

Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC), a progressive south metro member-owned utility with 90 employees, is seeking a full-time Design Engineer.



Designs electric services to existing and prospective members in order to meet their electrical service requirements. Designs an electrical distribution system that ensures reliability of service in an economical and environmentally acceptable manner that meets RUS requirements, permit procedures, the National Electrical Safety Code and the Cooperative’s policies. Prepares and maintains engineering records and maps that control inventory, direct crews and determines billing.      



  • Designs, coordinates and stakes complete electrical layout for residential, rural, industrial and commercial services and developments to also include system improvements for all overhead and underground facilities to ensure a safe, economical, and reliable system.

  • Secures all permits, easements and tree trimming permission required for construction.

  • Plans and coordinates construction with township, city, county, state and federal agencies by representing the Cooperative at pre-construction meetings, communicates the Cooperative’s concerns and makes decisions in the best interest of the Cooperative.

  • Continues to be informed of regulations pertaining to electrical installations and assists in developing company standards, to ensure they are equal to or more stringent than the national, state, local and RUS requirements developing company standards.

  • Participates in the development of policies and procedures for the Engineering Section, and makes appropriate recommendations.

  • Inspects distribution systems for breakage, deterioration or compliance with National Electrical Safety Code and determines corrective action needed to maintain safe electric facilities.

  • Monitors construction activities and directs changes as necessary because of safety violations, conditions or changing circumstances to ensure work done according to applicable codes and as directed.

  • Determines, prepares and issues staking sheets, billing statements and other required documentation for construction projects.

  • Participates in restoration work during major storm damage during normal and after hours, as needed.



    Education and Experience:

  • Two year vocational degree in electrical engineering technician or land surveying. Four year engineering degree, preferred.

  • Four years of experience as a staking engineer and/or engineering aid, or five years of experience as a line worker exposed to both overhead and underground systems.

  • Design experience of overhead and underground electrical distribution systems, required.

  • A basic understanding of electrical concepts is required.

  • Valid Minnesota Driver License with good driving record


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to design and stake all aspects of residential developments, commercial properties, as well as individual consumers requiring either overhead or underground systems.

  • Technically oriented, and able to communicate and negotiate with both technical and non-technical people, while educating them and achieving the goals of the Cooperative.

  • Operate personal computer, and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and computerized outage programs.

  • Must be able to operate a transit, GPS and other survey equipment.

  • Working knowledge of RUS Construction specifications, the National Electrical Safety Code, construction and maintenance of overhead and underground distribution systems a plus.

  • Must have knowledge and ability to create easements and understanding legal description of properties.

  • Very strong customer relations skills.

Applicant must be committed to providing service beyond members’ expectations and follow through on commitments. Send resume to Human Resources ( by March 23rd, 2018.   

How to Apply / Contact

If you are a proactive person with strong customer service and collection skills, take pride and ownership in your work, and have excellent attention to detail, please send your confidential resume to Human Resources at

MVEC, 125 MN Valley Electric Dr., Jordan MN 55352 or by March 23, 2018.

No phone calls please.


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